Waiting On…Something Real by Heather Demetrios

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This week I’m waiting on…

Title Something Real
Author Heather Demetrios
Pages 416 Pages
Genre Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher Henry Holt BYR
To Be Published February 4th, 2014
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There’s nothing real about reality TV.

Seventeen-year-old Bonnie™ Baker has grown up on TV—she and her twelve siblings are the stars of one-time hit reality show Baker’s Dozen. Since the show’s cancellation and the scandal surrounding it, Bonnie™ has tried to live a normal life, under the radar and out of the spotlight. But it’s about to fall apart…because Baker’s Dozen is going back on the air. Bonnie™’s mom and the show’s producers won’t let her quit and soon the life she has so carefully built for herself, with real friends (and maybe even a real boyfriend), is in danger of being destroyed by the show. Bonnie™ needs to do something drastic if her life is ever going to be her own — even if it means being more exposed than ever before.

Hello! My name’s Jen, and I’m a television addict. It should come as no surprise to those who are regular readers of Pop! Goes The Reader that I would be taken with a book set in the tumultuous and endlessly fascinating world of reality television. While I watch very little of it myself, as I prefer scripted dramas, I have been known to sneak the occasional episode of Survivor, The Amazing Race, Top Chef, etc. (And The Real World, Big Brother, So You Think You Can Dance…). Please also note my rather skewed definition of ‘very little’. But I digress.

While I featured this promising debut yesterday on my Top Ten 2014 Debuts I’m Excited For list, I wanted to take a moment to touch upon this upcoming 2014 release in greater depth. In a time when there is very little, if any, ‘reality’ left in reality television, I’ll be interested to see what Demetrios’s interpretation is of this popular cultural phenomenon. With an undeniably inventive and relevant premise, I think Something Real has the potential to be quite the thoughtful and enjoyable story.

Thankfully, with the book set to be published on February 4th, 2014 there isn’t very long to go now. I can hardly wait until Something Real is in my hands at last 😀

12 responses to “Waiting On…Something Real by Heather Demetrios”

  1. Ooh, yes! I’ve got this for review, though I haven’t read it yet, and am so looking forward to getting to it. I just LOVE the sound of it, and I really love the way the cover pops! Great pick!

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  2. Not very familiar with picks like this, but does sounds interesting.

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  3. Alexa S. says:

    I’m very excited to read this one as well! I really think (well, to be more accurate) HOPE that it’s one I end up enjoying. The idea of a book about reality TV definitely appeals to me, since I occasionally become a reality TV junkie when I’m in the proper mood for it. So glad it’s out soon!
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  4. Cricket says:

    This looks good, I like contemporary books and hope for more this year. Nice pick!
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  5. Megan Nicole says:

    I don’t watch reality shows but I’ll probably will be reading this book. Great pick!
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  6. Athena says:

    The dangers of reality TV or rather what goes on behind the scenes. Great pick !
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  7. Brandy says:

    I’m looking forward to this one too. I’m interested to see how the reality TV aspect is dealt with, plus I just love contemporary YA like this.
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  8. I really like this cover, like a lot lot! And I am a sucker for reality TV (especially Top Chef). But I am not 100% certain I want to read about it in my books. I don’t know why that is. I’ll be curious to read your thoughts on this one, though. Perhaps it will change my mind?
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  9. This sounds like a really good book! I’ve never read a book with this sort of story line before. Awesome pick! 🙂

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  10. I don’t think this will be one I pick up, but I am interested to see what everyone thinks of it. I knew it wouldn’t be long before our phenomenon of reality TV would be scrutinised on the page, so I’d like to see if it handles it insightfully.
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  11. I saw this one on a lot of top ten posts yesterday, but I have never read the synopsis until just now! I’m a lover of reality tv myself, even if I don’t have much time to watch it anymore!! I used to LOVE The Real World!!!! I’m excited to see what crazy story Heather spins in this one!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  12. alice-jane says:

    Jen, this book sounds amazing! I love how Bonnie’s name is trademarked and while I don’t watch a lot of reality television, it never stops to amaze me (does Say Yes To the Dress Atlanta count?)

    I think Something Real has the potential to be funny and thoughtful so hopefully it does.
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